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[Teacher Tips] DIY Projects Teachers Love

[Teacher Tips] DIY Projects Teachers Love

Happy back-to-school, teachers! With all the change that has occurred over the past year and a half, we know that teaching is evolving and some of the beloved “teacher hacks” that worked in 2019 may not work in 2021. That’s why we have complied a list of some great DIY projects for teachers to try out this school year.

Create the Perfect Teaching Binders

Teacher binders aren’t a new thing, in fact they are one of the most beloved teacher hacks! What’s not to love about a teacher binder? It has your lesson plans, grade book, curriculum map, student lists, and more! This is the perfect way to stay organized throughout the year. However, do you have a substitute binder? A data binder? Or an IEP caseload binder? Check out this great resource that gives you a step-by-step guide on how to create the ultimate teaching binders for all your needs!

Classroom Management for Virtual and In-Person Learners

Teachers are rockstars but with the added layer of virtual learning, there can be some difficult challenges. At this point you’ve probably heard “please mute” too many times to count, but with these online video icons all you have to do is hold up your sign to tell your online learners what to do. This is so helpful so you don’t have to interrupt your lesson. For your in-person learners, having younger students keep their masks on can be a task. If you need a fresh idea on ways to keep your students following the masks procedures, check out this fun idea!

Need a Desk Makeover?

Do you need a change in your routine or something to get you excited? Sounds like it's time for a desk makeover! What’s not to love about decorating your space to make it feel exactly like you want? Your day is spent taking care of everyone’s needs, so it is important to make your space a place that you love! Add some pictures of loved ones, add some inspirational quotes, tape a sweet note on your desk from a student. Those are just a few ideas on how to rejuvenate your space! Not sure on how you can personalize your space? Check out these great hacks from Nyla’s Crafty Teaching blog. While you’re at it, check out these amazing classrooms to get some inspiration and see what speaks to you!

Fun from TikTok

You may not be on TikTok but your students probably are! Have you heard of “Desk Pets”? Desk Pets are fun animal erasers that each student can have. These can be used as classroom management tool or as an incentive! When Desk Pets took TikTok by storm, it was because students (and teachers) were making little habitats for their Desk Pet. What a fun way to incorporate learning with just a small eraser!  Check out this post on how teachers are using these in their class, and you may just fall in love with this idea too!

Flexible Seating and Social Distancing

Bean bags, pillows, rockers, oh my! Need some more flexible seating ideas? Sure, those sound great but how much? Is that in the budget? Those are probably some questions you have! However, we have some DIY projects for you! Have you thought about building a chair or couch out of a wooden pallet? Or a sensory tunnel out of a cardboard box? There are plenty of great flexible seating options on a budget. The best thing about flexible seating? There are endless amounts of possibilities when it comes to social distancing. Check out this resource for some great ways to set up your new classroom.

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Macy Gilcrease

Macy Gilcrease studied Kinesiology at Tarleton State University before obtaining her MBA from Regent University. Prior to joining Edmentum in 2021, Macy was a teacher and coach. After teaching, she entered into corporate world but her passion for education, teachers, and students remained the same. Macy currently serves as a Marketing Specialist and believes she can have an impact on teachers and students from this side of education. Empowered teachers empower students!